Tenant Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a Tenant Protection Plan (TPP)?
  2. Where can I find the TPP for construction work that has received a permit from the Department of Buildings?
  3. Is protective sheeting, such as plastic covering required at doorways to apartments undergoing renovations?
  4. What if I suspect asbestos or lead contamination?
  5. Does the Department of Buildings require applicants of planned construction work to notify the Department if the proposed work involves asbestos?

1. What is a Tenant Protection Plan (TPP)?
The TPP provides for a list of categories that must be met by a building or site of a new building, if the building undergoing construction contains at least one occupied dwelling unit. The TPP, as described by NYC Administrative Code, section 28-104.8.4 must provide for:

  • Egress
  • Fire safety
  • Health requirements
  • Compliance with Health Standards
  • Structural safety
  • Noise restrictions

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2. Where can I find the TPP for construction work that has received a permit from the Department of Buildings?
The TPP is available on the Department’s website. On the home page, fill in the address of the building under Buildings Information. This will bring you to the Property Profile. Scroll to the bottom left to Job Filings. Select the Job Number. Select Items Required from the linked options at the top of the page. The Tenant Protection Plan and Notes required item will be present if required, with a link if it has been received by DOB.

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3. Is protective sheeting, such as plastic covering required at doorways to apartments undergoing renovations?
Yes, as part of the Health requirements of the Tenant Protection Plan, protective measures, such as plastic sheeting at doorways should be taken where construction is planned.

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4. What if I suspect asbestos or lead contamination?
If you suspect asbestos contamination, please refer the complaint to the NYC Department of Protection by calling 311. Suspected lead contamination should be referred to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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5. Does the Department of Buildings require applicants of planned construction work to notify the Department if the proposed work involves asbestos?
Yes, if the work involves asbestos related work, the applicant must first present a plan of remediation to the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, who will in turn issue the applicant a Notice to Proceed, if they approve of the plan. This Notice to Proceed must be presented to the NYC Department of Buildings, in order to receive a work permit. Otherwise, if the applicant certifies to the NYC Department of Buildings that the proposed work does not relate to asbestos, the applicant must present what is known as an ACP-5 form, stamped and signed by the licensed investigator.

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